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Southern California Authorities Accused of Arresting Man with Camera who Witnessed Them Killing Suspect

CDCR_LogoPhotography is not a Crime – by Carlos Miller

Authorities in Southern California shot and killed a man Monday, then apparently arrested another man who had video recorded the incident.

That’s according to a comment on the Southwest Riverside News Network article, which is cut and pasted below.

Another commenter on a different article also alluded to video evidence exists that contradicts the official story line by authorities.

I sent that commenter a message in the hopes she can elaborate more.

But until then, we are left with the vague details provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which is not much.

Essentially, a parolee at large named John Christopher Armes was wanted in connection with an assault, so he was being tailed by authorities.

They ended up shooting and killing him, even though he was not armed.

On Tuesday, they could not provide further details because they were busy celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said in a written statement that a parole agent working with a fugitive apprehension team shot Armes but they declined to release his name, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to the statement, the agent and other fugitive task force officers had been watching the Extended Stay Inn at Jefferson Avenue and Overland Drive in Temecula. They believed Armes had been staying there and might have a weapon. The officers saw Armes and a woman trying to leave the hotel in a taxi, the statement said.

Riverside County sheriff’s officials said officers had been following the mini-van taxi about 12:30 p.m. when they tried to approach it in the 40200 block of Mimulus Way, in a residential neighborhood near Winchester and Roripaugh roads. The cab driver got out but Armes apparently took control of the taxi. He collided with an unmarked law enforcement vehicle, a sheriff’s news release said.

Sheriff’s officials said the gunfire began after Armes got out of the taxi but they did not disclose what prompted the officer to shoot.

Corrections officials said Armes was trying to escape and appeared to have been reaching for a weapon.

Authorities did not disclose whether a weapon was found.

Sheriff’s officials said the parole agent who shot Armes was injured but they did not say how. According to the release, he was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening.

Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday that they could not answer questions about the shooting because of the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday.


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6 Responses to Southern California Authorities Accused of Arresting Man with Camera who Witnessed Them Killing Suspect

  1. erin says:

    Man- this is so disgusting. How they hate to be exposed! So much so that even that poor person videotaping may well be either beat to a pulp by now or accidentally dead……They certainly seem to be enjoying making an example out of those who try to expose the truth. Message – If you record their crimes, they will come after you like the gestapo…..

  2. NC says:

    Don’t trust ANY cop! If you see one, hide or run.

  3. stv_riga says:

    “Cop down?….”leave ’em…..let ’em bleed out”

    C. Dorner

    Repay them for decades of the murder and maiming of the public by LAPDOG/Thugs/Punks.

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    They now have cameras that can send video in real time directly to your computer, or anyone’s computer you choose. That way, if they take your camera, it won’t do them any good, as it will already have been sent, and you will even have video of them taking it, so they can’t deny it. A friend of mine showed me the website last week, but I can’t recall the name of the manufacturer. I’ll ask him the next time he comes into Starbucks.

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Believe it or not, just five minutes after posting my previous comment, my friend showed up.

    The name of the camera is Hero.

  6. erin says:

    Well, even if you sent the video recording via internet before they nabbed you, they would still grab & nab you! Then probably do very violent, painful things to your body in retaliation. Does anyone really need any further proof we are surrounded by liars and con men? How many more vids do we need at this pt? Its become a satire by now its so obvious our rights have gone by the wayside. I saw a video of a woman being beaten in a small police room and its chilling seeing the cruelty in this huge man who had no problem bashing her like an animal.

    I just say please be careful when around certain people these days- They seem exceptionally agitated and could turn on you quite suddenly. Its not worth it just to prove a point.

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